new addition to the tools that some trichologists use to combat
hair loss is laser treatment. We have compiled some facts below
about this effective method:
Low Level Laser Light Therapy
as a Medical Treatment
Low-level laser light
therapy (LLLLT) is a form of physical medicine. Physical medicine
uses stimulation therapy to activate the body's natural defense
mechanisms, i.e. through biostimulation.
What is Laser "Radiation"?
The name LASER is short for Light
Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Laser light and devices are sometimes referred to as laser emitting,
laser producing, laser radiation, etc. This terminology is confusing.
There is NO radiation in the sense we normally refer to as radiation.
Lasers produce light high in energy, nothing else (even sunlight
is a type of radiation). No radioactivity or dangerous energy
is produced. Radiation with laser does imply that your head will
get fried! The laser light is used as a 'cold light'.
Is Laser Hair Care Safe?
The type of lasers used by trichologists
are non-surgical therapeutic lasers. Some trichologists use the
most powerful laser that is safe for cosmetic purposes (and which
complies with international laser safety standards). Laser Hair
Care is approved for cosmetic use in the EEC and US as a Certified
Class 3A laser by the Food and Drug Administration, which has
the most rigid standards in the world and fully complies with
Radiation Control for Health and Safety act. The energy produced
by the photons does not have the thermal component that can cause
injuries to users or operators. Laser light energy does not alter
molecular structures, it stimulates the body's mechanism to repair
and heal itself.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
- Increases scalp blood flow and
follicle microcirculation by 20 to30%.
- Increases nutrient supply to enhance
- Stimulates and accelerates hair
- Reduces excess levels of skin
5-alpha reductase and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormones
that contribute to genetic thinning.
- Relieves scalp conditions such
as psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, itchy/scaling scalp due
to the laser's anti-inflammatory effects.
- Normalises sebum production in
- Increases sebum production in
cases of underactivity/scalp dryness.
- Reduces excessive sebum production
in cases of overactivity/scalp greasiness, thus reducing pore
clogging and preventing enlarged sebaceous gland formation.
- Reduces tight, tender scalp.
- An effective adjunct therapy for
pre and post hair transplantation procedures.
Other areas of hairloss in this section you may be interested in:
Inherited Male "Pattern" baldness
What Men need to know about hair and hair loss
Female genetic thinning
Poor Diet Leads to thinning Hair
Lotions and potions
Treatments for baldness: Prescriptions and pharmaceuticals
Hair replacement: Transplant and single hair micrographs
Non-surgical hair replacement: Wigs and hairpieces
Menopause and hair loss
All other causes of hair loss
Hair loss in Pregnancy
Prescription medication and its links to hair loss
Laser treatment for hair loss
Hair Loss in Children and Adolescents
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